ELLE remembers Maya Angelou

5 best quotes

One of the greatest voices of contemporary literature, poet laureate, author and screenwriter Maya Angelou has passed away, age 86.

We remember the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author in five of her most powerful and inspiring quotes.

'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'

'We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.'

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'I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.'

'My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.'

'I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.'

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